This morning Facebook launched the “Apps You May Like” tab to the application directory. While there are no details on what determines these applications, Justin Smith suggests that it is based on the applications that your friends are interacting with. Right now everything is hearsay though and Facebook may choose not to be extremely transparent about it. In theory this gives Facebook a little more control of determining what applications get rewarded on the platform.
This puts Facebook in a similar position to MySpace which has created the “Editor’s Pick” which goes on the app directory homepage. While the new system could be completely automated, chances are good that there is some sort of human intervention. It’s great to see Facebook making some changes to their application directory but there are definitely more changes needed. For one, it would be great to see application ratings integrated in to the directory. What are other changes that you think would be useful?